Corporate report

Issue briefing: tackling tax evasion

This issue briefing explains what HMRC are doing to tackle the small minority who deliberately evade their taxes – and how we are resolute in tackling these people.


Tackling tax evasion

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


While the majority of UK taxpayers declare all their income and pay the tax they owe, a small proportion is intent on bending or breaking the rules.

Tax evasion is where there is a deliberate attempt not to pay the tax which is due. It is illegal. We will pursue those who engage in evasion, with serious consequences for those who don’t pay all the tax they owe, from financial penalties to criminal conviction and imprisonment.

Published 16 January 2014
Last updated 22 January 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added a HTML copy of the Issue briefing.
  2. First published.